May 27, 2011
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A pair of Texas A&M swimmers were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team and advance to the Academic All-America team ballot.
Earning spot on the prestigious academic squads were junior Alyssa Conner from the Aggie women's team and sophomore Cheyne Hermes from the men's team. Both Texas A&M student-athletes carry perfect 4.0 grade point averages in their respective degree plans.
Conner, a marketing major from Granite Bay, Calif., also received the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Conner is two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Team and has received special recognition each year for her 4.0 GPA. Conner ranks among A&M's top 10 all-time performers in the 500 free, the 1,000 free, the 1,650 free and the 400 IM.
Hermes, an economics major from Katy, Texas, also received special commendation on the Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving for posting a 4.0 GPA. Hermes logged eighth-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke at the 2011 Big 12 Championships. He ranks No. 10 on A&M's top performers list in the 100 breaststroke with a lifetime best time of 55.68 in 2011.
The 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District ® Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the floor and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.